Grouse-Conservation-The Latest. With AP Photos. Q&A: What is a sage grouse and why is the bird imperiled?
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Grouse-Conservation-The Latest. With AP Photos. Q&A: What is a sage grouse and why is the bird imperiled?

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Interior Department said Tuesday it won’t propose federal protections for the greater sage grouse, a chicken-sized bird of the sagebrush that ranges from California to the Dakotas. The implications of the announcement were huge for oil and gas drilling, renewable energy development and cattle grazing: The bird ranges across all … Continue reading

New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill
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New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials refused for weeks to share water-quality data with their state counterparts following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexico’s top environmental regulator testified Thursday. The move by federal agencies aimed to downplay the severity of the … Continue reading

New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say
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New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska and Florida university researchers. A paper published Tuesday concluded that fossilized bones found along Alaska’s Colville River were from a distinct species of hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur not connected … Continue reading

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance
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New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday. The policy represents the first effort to create a uniform legal standard for federal authorities using equipment known as cell-site simulators, which tracks cellphones … Continue reading

rio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme
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rio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and “carbon-negative” housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. Troy Wragg, 34, of Georgia; Amanda Knorr, 32, of Pennsylvania; and Wayde … Continue reading

South African prototype may solve solar power problem
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South African prototype may solve solar power problem

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google. The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a cost-effective heliostat that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. A heliostat uses mirrors or lenses to reflect sunlight, … Continue reading